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Obit: Vic Chesnutt (Dec 09)

Mary Katherine 24 Dec 09 - 10:44 PM
Reinhard 26 Dec 09 - 01:48 PM
open mike 26 Dec 09 - 04:03 PM
Genie 27 Dec 09 - 02:20 AM
Bobert 27 Dec 09 - 12:41 PM
GUEST,Spleen Cringe 27 Dec 09 - 01:51 PM
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Subject: Vic Chesnutt hospitalized
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 10:44 PM

According to the New York Times:

December 24, 2009, 2:20 pm
Vic Chesnutt, Singer, Is in a Coma
By BEN SISARIO

Vic Chesnutt, a singer-songwriter from Athens, Ga., beloved by fans and critics for his disarmingly open songs about mortality and pain, is in a coma, his family has confirmed. They did not say what caused the coma.

News about Mr. Chesnutt's condition spread through the Internet on Wednesday through posts on Twitter by the singer Kristin Hersh, who has played with him.

Mr. Chesnutt, 45, has been in a wheelchair since a car accident when he was 18, and was discovered in the late 1980s by Michael Stipe of R.E.M., who produced his first two albums. Since then Mr. Chesnutt has released at least a dozen more albums, including two this year, "At the Cut" and "Skitter on Take-Off."

In a review of a recent concert in New York, Jon Pareles noted that Mr. Chesnutt's songs contemplate "not just mortality but also the broader inevitability of collapse and decay."


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Subject: RE: Vic Chesnutt hospitalized
From: Reinhard
Date: 26 Dec 09 - 01:48 PM

I just read that Vic Chesnutt died yesterday, apparently on an overdose of tranquilizers. A sad end.


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Subject: RE: Vic Chesnutt hospitalized
From: open mike
Date: 26 Dec 09 - 04:03 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm_1cA2OcAs

http://www.spinner.com/2009/12/25/vic-chesnutt-dead-suicide/

http://vicchesnutt.com/home/


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Subject: RE: Obit: Vic Chesnutt (Dec 09)
From: Genie
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 02:20 AM

Very sad indeed.
I wasn't that familiar with his songs, at least by his name, but it appears he was critically acclaimed as a country music songwriter, with his lyrics compared to writers like John Steinback.

Sad life story, especially for one so prolific, and such a sad end.

RIP, Vic.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Vic Chesnutt (Dec 09)
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 12:41 PM

This a bummer on a lot of different levels... His accident when he was 18 that left him paparlyzed... His music... And a sad commentary on our health care system that left him depresssed in not being able to afford the care he needed...

Sniff...

B~


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Subject: RE: Obit: Vic Chesnutt (Dec 09)
From: GUEST,Spleen Cringe
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 01:51 PM

Probably about the best singer-songwriter the USA has produced in the past 20 years and a fantastic, engaging and wry live performer. I remember seeing him playing his heart out to an audience of about thirty a dozen or so years back in Manchester - happily taking requests and treating the audience as if it were a full house. A sad loss of a supremely talented man.RIP.


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